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Climate negotiations kick off in Germany

Written by  Chimwemwe Njoloma, Bonn – Germany
Delegates at COP 23 in Bonn, Germany Delegates at COP 23 in Bonn, Germany

Bonn, November 06, Mana: The twenty-third Annual Conference of the Parties (COP 23) under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) started on Monday in Bonn, Germany with over 10,000 government delegates from across the world including Malawi in attendance.

This year’s conference, which runs from 6 -17 November, intends to launch nations’ commitments towards the next level of ambition needed to tackle global warming and put the world on a prosperous path.

The conference, coming two years after the landmark adoption of the Paris Climate Agreement will fuel momentum among cities, states, regions towards response climate threats.

In her opening speech, Germany’s Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks said the country is delighted to host the conference and that it will provide all the necessary support to make the summit a success.

“Germany and in particular the city of Bonn is delighted to be your host for the next two weeks. I would like to announce that Germany will support the adaptation fund with additional 50 million Euros this year,” she said.

COP23 President, Prime Minister of Fiji Frank Bainimarama said the conference itself is a welcome mirror of international cooperation and coordination towards the Paris Agreement.

The climate negotiations in Paris two years were a landmark in strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise well below two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial level and purse efforts to limit the temperature increase

The Agreement is also underpinned by national climate action plans known as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), whose ambition needs to get on track to the agreement temperature goals to prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.

Bainimarama said there is no time to waste because there is a lot of human suffering caused by intensifying hurricanes, droughts, floods and threats to food security.

“Wherever we live, we are all vulnerable and we need to act. Fiji is helping build a grand coalition for decisive, coordinated action by governments at every level, by civil society, the private sector and all citizens on earth,” Bainimarama said.

In her address, UNFCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa said the conference is the next step for governments to implement the Paris Agreement that builds upon the convention and for the first time brings all nations into a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change.

She said COP23 will show to the world the two faces of climate change.

Firstly, it is the positive, inspiring momentum by so many governments and a growing array of cities and states followed by the reality check of risks caused by climate change.

“The thermometer of risk is rising, the pulse of the planet is racing, people are hurting, the window of opportunity is closing and we must go further and faster together to lift ambition and action to the next defining level,” Espinosa said.

This year’s climate negotiation will also check on the progress of the delivery of $100 billion support for developing countries by 2020 where Malawi is to benefit.

 

 

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